Tuesday, June 5, 2007


U.S. Navy Memorial fountain, flag mast,
and the National Archives in the background, Penn Quarter.

Situated in the plaza right outside my office building is the United States Navy Memorial. The memorial's purpose is to "honor the men and women of the Sea Services--past, present, and future." Commissioned in 1980, construction began in 1985 as part of a revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue--America's Main Street. The memorial was completed in 1987--the 212th anniversary of the Navy in the United States.

The memorial features a plaza with a map of the world, 26 bas reliefs depicting various scenes from Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, and merchant marine life, fountains, and masts. The center point of the memorial is a statue called "The Lone Sailor." The memorial is on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue with the National Archives on the south. This photo features part of the fountain features in the foreground and the archives in the background.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential (Janet M. Kincaid, 06/07)

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